Johnny Clegg with Nelson Mandela

Two of my heroes; Johnny Clegg with Nelson Mandela.

Johnny Clegg was born in England, raised in South Africa and adopted the Zulu people as his own.  He is too complicated and diverse for me to describe here, so please, check him out on Wikipedia.  His mixed race musical groups, Juluka and Savuka were very central to ending apartheid in South Africa.  His most beautiful work is Asimbonanga, but it loses some of it’s mournfulness in this performance because it was written when Nelson Mandela was still imprisoned.  As you can see, Mandela is very much in attendance at this performance.  What a joyous occasion it must have been for all, especially for Clegg and Mandela!

Please, watch, listen and enjoy!!!

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